Scallops on the rebound as state opens season Saturday

Scallop Season

By kayak or by foot, scallop hunters can ply the waters of St. Joseph Bay in the search for scallops beginning on Sunday.

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Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:32 AM.

Survey says – a slightly better scallop season ahead.

Bay scallop season begins Saturday and researchers studying St. Joseph Bay indicate that after a lean year in 2012, the scallop population is on the rebound.

The recreational season opens June 29, after Gov. Rick Scott requested an early open to the season this week, for state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

The season will continue through Sept. 24.

Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net.

Scallops can not be taken ashore outside of the open area for harvesting.

There is no commercial harvest for bay scallops in Florida state and federal waters.

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